ISLAMABAD: ‘Human Capital Index’, a new analysis published by the World Bank, says that the Covid-19 pandemic has threatened hard-won gains in health and education sectors over the past decade, especially in poor countries.
Investments in human capital — the knowledge, skills and health that people accumulate over their lives — are keys to unlocking a child’s potential and to improving economic growth in every country, according to the just-published Index.
The Index includes health and education data for 174 countries — covering 98 per cent of the world’s population — up to March 2020, providing a pre-pandemic baseline on the health and education of children.
Most nations made steady progress before pandemic in building human capital of children
The analysis shows that pre-pandemic most countries had made steady progress in building human capital of children with the biggest strides made in low-income countries. Despite this progress and even before